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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 7, 2012 10:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIJS

its times like this that a sarcastic bastard like myself struggles. could u be serious i ask myself? then i flash back to the 12 (of the 13 east coasters, missing the rochester gem) tons of steel i was fortunate enough to catch - remember how rivoted i was at each and every one of them - and says to myself, gosh darn i think u are.
how bout that "best ever" straw being at a show with push + muddy.

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Poster: Reade Date: Apr 7, 2012 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIJS

Good call!
It was said a little toungue-in-cheek as I'm quite sure the four words killer- tons-of-steel have never appeared in quite that order in a forum post before but there was no sarcasm whatsoever.
I loved the tune then and now. I never appreciated Brent's Doobie Bros voice or his cheezy keyboard sound of the late 70s early 80s, but do believe he was a helluva songwriter.
People forget maybe that in the later 80s when Weir's partnership with Barlow fell apart, and the Hunter / Garcia collaboration had dwindled to a couple three songs every five years or so, that the band was very thristy for new tunes. And he delivered admirably. Were there some weak entries? Yeah. But his strong stuff is very good imo.
Tons of Steel is just a well crafted tune, musically and lyriclly. Refreshing even in it's conventional nature, given Weirs tunes (as Jerry once said, Weirs's tunes *sounded* how a guy with two sets of knees walking would *look*).
Yes I would joke with firends back in the day, calling the tune Tons of Shit., but I've always liked it.

"I just hope my luck is ridin' in the back."